Chile will host the 2013 International Rugby Board (IRB) Junior World Rugby Trophy, the IRB announced in July.
The event, which is a major testing ground for many future stars of the game, provides a pathway for the winning team to progress to IRB Junior World Championship, as the United States did this year when it hosted the event.
It will be the second time in the five year history of the trophy that Chile has played host, after staging the inaugural, and hugely successful tournament in 2008, that helped turn South America into one of rugby’s fastest-growing regions, with the continent seeing a subsequent 25 percent increase in the playing population.
“We are very proud to be chosen to host the Junior World Rugby Trophy,” said Federación de Rugby de Chile President Francisco Davanzo. “As in 2008, the JWRT will provide us with an opportunity to again host a major IRB event which will allow our Under 20 national team and the nation’s Rugby family to experience first-hand the excitement and competitiveness of an elite international Rugby tournament.”
“We believe that hosting this important IRB tournament will provide another tremendous boost to the development of the game in Chile and will assist us in attaining our ambitious goals for improving the international standing of Chile in the world of Rugby,” Davanzo said. “I would like to thank the IRB for their vision and commitment to growing Rugby across the continent, and for allowing us to host this world-class event once again.”
The IRB also announced Hong Kong as the host for the 2014 event, as part of a strategy to grow the game outside of its traditional bases.
“The IRB is fully committed to the development of the game in South America and Asia and has worked hard with Member Unions in recent years to provide increased international opportunities for teams from both these key regions where rugby is on the rise,” said IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset.
“The JWRT has proved a huge hit among players and fans alike, with its unique blend of entertaining and high-quality matches played by some of our brightest young stars in territories which are embracing the sport and its values. I am sure a return to Santiago and a first-ever visit to Hong Kong will provide memorable and vibrant editions of the much-loved tournament.”